May 2009
 

This May, MRFF needs your financial support more than ever to continue our fight in the courts and in the media

We're at war every day against those who would subvert
the very foundation of our noble country,
the Constitution of the United States of America.

The vile voice of Klingenschmitt, the abominably racist, violent,
and hateful criticism of our work we receive, and the Al Jazeera
video
featured below are evidence that MRFF's fight
is more relevant than ever.

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Caught on Camera

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Military Officials at Bagram Urge U.S. Soldiers to Evangelize in Afghanistan

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US Soldiers in Afghanistan Told to
"Hunt People for Jesus... So We
Get Them into the Kingdom" (Video)

Monday, May 4, 2009

By Jeremy Scahill

Military officials at Bagram are caught on tape urging US soldiers to evangelize in the Muslim country.

A comment on this story from Chris Rodda,
MRFF Senior Research Director:

I was just coming here to post about this video, but see Jeremy beat me to it. I was just too tired to write about it when Al Jazeera emailed me last night to let me know it was up. The Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF), the organization I work for, has known about the existence of this video since last fall, and the description of it in this month's Harper's Magazine cover story, "Jesus Killed Mohammed: The Crusade for a Christian Military," by Jeff Sharlet, caught the attention of Al Jazeera, leading them to be in contact with MRFF over the last few weeks. This video needed to get out, and now it finally has.
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“The Crusade for a Christian Military”: Are U.S. Forces Trying to
Convert Afghans to Christianity?

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

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The military is denying it allows its soldiers to proselytize to Afghans, following the release of footage showing US soldiers in Afghanistan discussing how to distribute Bibles translated into Pashto and Dari. We speak to Air Force veteran and former Reagan administration counsel Mikey Weinstein, founder of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, and journalist Jeff Sharlet, author of a Harper’s Magazine article on “The Crusade for a Christian Military.”
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Hunting People for Jesus: Growing Fundamentalism in the U.S. Military

Monday, May 4, 2009

By Jon Perr

After revelations that some American soldiers were given Bibles and encouraged to "hunt people for Jesus," the Pentagon on Monday denied allegations that the U.S. military allows its personnel to seek the conversion of Afghans to Christianity. But while the copies of the New Testament translated into Pashtun and jaw-dropping video from Bagram may seem like exceptions that prove the rule of American prohibition on proselytizing by the military, they are just the latest episodes in the disturbing rise in influence of Christian conservatives in the United States armed services.
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United States Military in Afghan
Missionary Scandal

Monday, May 4, 2009

By IslamOnline.net & News Agencies

KABUL — The US military in Afghanistan was embroiled Monday, May 4, in a new scandal showing US soldiers preparing to promulgate Christianity in the conservative Muslim country.

"This is a complete deviation from what they [the US military] are supposed to be doing," former Afghan prime minister Ahmed Shah Ahmedzai told the Doha-based Al-Jazeera television.
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The footage showed a church sermon at the US airbase in Bagram, where soldiers
had a stack of bible printed in local
Afghan languages.

New accusations surface against
U.S. military proselytizing

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

By Nicole Neroulias

(RNS) A watchdog group that monitors inappropriate proselytizing in the military has renewed calls for a Pentagon probe after a recent Al Jazeera English news segment showed U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan preparing to distribute Bibles printed in the Pashto and Dari languages.
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The Leonard Lopate Show
Interview with Jeff Sharlet

Sharlet Talks MRFF, Mikey, and
Military Missionaries on the
Leonard Lopate Show

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Monday, May 4, 2009

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22min 40sec interview with Jeff Sharlet, the author
of the recent MRFF-related Harper's Magazine article


Bad Faith Efforts at Bagram

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Editorial

At first glance, the video seems damaging enough. American soldiers are shown discussing how to bring their brand of Christianity to the Muslim population of Afghanistan. Bibles in the local languages of Pashto and Dari are piled high, funded by churches back home and ready for distribution.
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Bibles in Afghanistan: They had to.

Friday, May 8, 2009

By Valerie Tarico

Evangelism in the halls of the Pentagon. Personalized Bible studies for foreign diplomats. Passion of the Christ advertisers next to plates in the Air Force Academy mess hall. Officers Christian Fellowship buses from military bases to revival meetings. A Southern Baptist fundamentalist at the head of the Chaplain Corps.

Through Christian Embassy and similar organizations, millions of dollars annually are dedicated to insuring that our military leadership is steeped in born-again Christianity. The investment has paid off. Mikey Weinstein at the Military Religious Freedom Foundation receives letters daily from service men and women who have been coerced or intimidated because they aren’t born again. Ironically, most of those who complain are Christians – just not the right kind.
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"you  f*****g piece of shit jew and your stinking jew woman and inbred jew childrun and jew-lover traiter daughterinlaw deserve to torture die you filth jew liberil america hating jesus hating basterd Lord willing none of us will have to wait long america is too good for dirty jew scum of your family and your commie foundasion"

- anonymous email received by MRFF, April 21, 2009


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The (Crazy) People Respond to Mikey Weinstein's Military Religious
Freedom Foundation

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Constitution Cartoon

Remember Mikey Weinstein, the guy fighting radical evangelical Christians in the military? Here is a trenchant political cartoon his organization received on Monday.
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Crazy Ex-Navy Chaplain Prays For
Death Of Guy Fighting Crazy Chaplains

Monday, April 27, 2009

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1 minute prayer

The new Harper's has a really scary piece on the evangelical Christian radicalization of the US Military, and to celebrate, here is an ex-Navy chaplain issuing a fatwa against one of its subjects.

This is Lt. Gordon J. Klingenschmitt, an evangelical Episcopal Navy chaplain who got himself court-martialed and kicked out of the Navy for appearing in uniform at a political rally, against orders.
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Naval Maneuvers: Ex-Chaplain Admits He’s Not All He Appeared To Be

Friday, April 24, 2009

By Rob Boston

Over the past few years, Americans United has sparred with Gordon James Klingenschmitt, a former Navy chaplain with a penchant for Religious Right grandstanding.

Klingenschmitt, then still in the service, ran into problems two years ago when he defied orders to use nonsectarian prayers at military events where people from many different faith perspectives would be present. He later sealed his fate by speaking at a Religious Right rally wearing his uniform – a violation of military regulations.
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THE PULPIT: Ousted speaker
says academy caved to pressure

Sunday, May 3, 2009
By Mark Barna

Maria Anne Hirschmann seems like a sweet 82-year-old woman.

True, she repeatedly says that President Barack Obama and Adolf Hitler hold similar ideas, and that Obama is paving the way for the Antichrist.
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Too Many Crusaders in U.S. Uniforms

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

By Mikey Weinstein
President, Military Religious Freedom Foundation

Imagine a theocratic militia imposing its will on whoever it encounters; forcing its way of life on those unfortunate to live nearby; demanding assimilation, inflicting excruciating torture or even death on its enemies because they pray to a different god. A similar fate falls on their own citizens and fellow soldiers brave enough to question why.
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As you can see, this month's MRFF newsletter is a special "Mayday" edition. The purpose behind this is to make one thing very clear: without your constant donation support, we simply will not be able to continue our fight in the courts and in the media. Please make a fully tax deductible donation today.

The Constitutional Violation Captured on Camera this month is a video that was just released by Al Jazeera, which clearly shows the religious proselytization in the military that we've been vigorously fighting against for years.

We have known about the existence of this video since last year, but it has finally come to light publicly. The chaplain at Bagram says that "as Christians, [they] hunt people for Jesus." As ardent guardians of the Constitution, we at MRFF hunt these people for the good of our noble country.

Between Klingenschmitt's "imprecatory prayer" for the deaths of both myself and Reverend Barry Lynn and the shocking Al Jazeera video that was just uncovered, there can be no more doubt that MRFF's fight is valid, and more important, fundamentally vital.

The relevance of MRFF's fight was featured at length this month in a Harper's Magazine article by Jeff Sharlet. The May 2009 issue is now available on newsstands everywhere.

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